Last week, a bombshell report revealed that numerous phones used by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team members had been wiped clean of data before the inspector general got a chance to review them, stirring suspicions among Republicans.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has suggested it’s possible their actions could amount to obstruction of justice — which could potentially lead to jail time.
When the news broke that more than 20 phones belonging to Mueller team investigators, including lead prosecutor Andrew Weissman and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, had been wiped, it reeked of corruption. President Donald Trump compared it to Hillary Clinton’s infamous deletion of emails on her private server.
What was even worse than the wiping of the phones were the excuses offered. Some team members’ phones reportedly were “accidentally” wiped due to many team members putting their phones in airplane mode, then getting locked out for entering the wrong passcode too many times.
Now, keep in mind, this is a bunch of skilled attorneys entrusted with a national security investigation — yet they don’t know how to operate their own cell phones.
Obstruction of justice?
In a rather ironic plot twist, the very people that were investigating Trump for obstruction of justice may have committed obstruction offenses, according to Nunes.
Speaking with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes stated, “The question here is: Was there an investigation? Because if there was, that could be obstruction of justice. But I think, regardless of that, this is destruction of federal records.”
“We cannot have a justice system, whether it’s at the federal level or the state level or local level, where records are being destroyed, Maria, because that’s how we have a fair and equal justice system here that, if there’s misconduct of any kind, that you can go back and look at what the prosecutors were doing,” he added.
Obstruction of justice is no laughing matter. Bartiromo “noted that obstructing an investigation by knowingly deleting records is a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Nunes went on to say that Congress needs to hold these team members accountable for their actions if they were found to have purposely deleted the data on their phones.
Sen. Lindsey Graham also weighed in, asking Fox News’ Sean Hannity: “If you can’t manage your own phone, why should we trust you to investigate a crime? The question is, did they obstruct justice, did they intentionally delete information from their phone because [IG Michael] Horowitz was on the case?”
Several Senate Republicans have requested a formal investigation into the reports. This whole thing stinks and the American people need to know what happened here.